Get ready for some cricketing action as ICC World Twenty20 kicks off in Sri Lanka today

first_imgThe moment one steps inside the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, it becomes obvious that one is in a cricket-mad nation.Hanging from the ceiling is a huge red banner that reads “20 times the welcome”, followed by the flags of the participating nations and the West Indies Cricket Board and Cricket Ireland.The ICC World Twenty20 that begins on Tuesday is indeed the flavour of the island nation, and cardboard cut-outs of the Sri Lankan cricketers adorn the entire 35km stretch of the road between the airport and the city centre.People from all walks of life are discussing Sri Lanka’s prospects of finally breaking the jinx of finishing runners-up in two successive ODI World Cups and the 2009 World T20, and they’ll get the opportunity to see how well their heroes have prepared on the opening day when they take on Zimbabwe in Hambantota on Tuesday.Sri Lanka is one of the toughest places to tour, not just because of the conditions but also the home team’s mastery over them.Featuring the likes of Tillakaratne Dilshan, ICC Cricketer of the Year Kumar Sangakkara, captain Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis, there is no doubt they will be among the favourites for the title.However, the fourth edition promises to be the most open in the short history of the World Twenty20, with six to seven teams of the 12 looking strong on paper.An overkill of India-Sri Lanka matches in the past few years hasn’t reduced the fans’ eagerness to see the superstars from the neighbouring country in action, with Monday’s India-Pakistan warm-up match being a talking point for many here.advertisementIndia’s batting looks capable enough with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni showing form in the two warm-up games, as Monday’s performance showed, the bowlers will need to step it up a few notches.Pakistan look strong, especially after their build-up series win against Australia, but inconsistency remains their Achilles heel.Sri Lanka’s Group C mates South Africa are the other contenders for the ‘favourites’ tag.They have got together a squad that has hardly any chinks, but the other ‘C’ word- choking that they will need to lay to rest.West Indies players have often been accused of being Twenty20 mercenaries, but their best lineup can give any team nightmares about facing them.Big-hitting stars like Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo are expected to be backed up well by the all-round capabilities of Andre Russell and the ICC’s Emerging Player of the Year, mystery spinner Sunil Narine.The Australians and the English can never be discounted either, no matter how fragile their new-look sides may seem on paper.The format is one that is imprinted on the mind of every Indian cricket fan like a recurring nightmare since the first round exit in the 2007 ODI World Cup- four groups of three teams each leading into Super Eights- and one mistake can draw curtains on the big teams’ campaigns.Three factors that each team will need to take into account are the pitches, which aren’t expected to be as spinner friendly as usual; the weather, which is expected to be fickle over the next week or so; and the improved ability of countries like Bangladesh and Ireland to cause upsets.last_img read more

Blaze Spikers breeze through to semis

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPowerhouse defending champion Petron expectedly breezed by Sta. Lucia Realty, 25-17, 25-11, 25-18, Saturday to become the first semifinalist—deservedly so—in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.In scoring their 15th straight win, the Blaze Spikers lined themselves up for a best-of-three semifinals against either the Cignal HD Spikers and the United VC Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A memorable, meaningful Open win for Mondilla Though Petron kept its winning streak intact, the win did not impress import Stephanie Niemer.Niemer, who had 16 points,  said they could have done better despite the dominant win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsKath Bell led the Blaze Spikers with 19 points as Petron needed just over an hour—and just one game—to march on.“We’re very happy that we’re now in the semis. But, of course, the road ahead will be a lot tougher,” Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said.last_img read more

Northern states CMs meet to evolve strategy for anti-drug fight

first_imgChandigarh, Aug 20 (PTI) A majority of northern states today decided to set up a joint secretariat at Panchkula for data and information sharing to effectively fight the drug menace.The decision was taken here at a conference of the northern states’ chief ministers, convened to evolve and formulate a joint strategy to fight the malady, said an official spokesperson of the Punjab government.The conference was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and Uttarakhand CM T S Rawat with their Himachal Pradesh counterpart Jai Ram Thakur participating in it through video conference as he was unable to come here due to bad weather.The meet, called Regional Conference on Drugs Challenges & Strategies, was also attended by senior civil and police officers from these states, besides those of Rajasthan, Delhi and the union territory of Chandigarh.Seeking to invite the Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir governments too to join the anti-drug fight, the conference envisaged having a nodal officer from each of the northern states at the joint secretariat at Panchkula to coordinate and facilitate the data sharing process.The conference envisaged holding regular meets at different levels, including a quarterly one of state chief secretaries or police chiefs and a half-yearly one of the chief ministers to monitor the progress in the anti-drug fight and upgrade its strategy against the malady, the spokesperson said.He said the meet mandated the SSPs of the adjoining districts of the states to coordinate their anti-drug actions on a day to day basis.advertisementLaunching major awareness campaigns among school students, engaging village youths in sports and other physical activities and helping them upgrade their skills were proposed to be the other initiatives of the states to insulate youths from the drug menace, the spokesperson said.During the meeting, the Punjab chief minister mooted a slew of ideas, including evolution of a “Regional Cooperative Framework” of the northern states to institutionalise the inter-state and inter-agency coordination to deal with the menace, he said.The framework would be aimed at achieving effective coordination and sharing of information and intelligence to undertake joint operations against the drug peddlers and smugglers, he said.Suggesting that all the affected states approach the Centre for funds for drug prevention, Amarinder Singh also sought deputation of nodal officers from various central agencies like BSF, DRI, NCB, RPF, CISF and Customs at the states’ joint secretariat at Panchkula as a necessary measure for closer coordination in the anti-drug fight. Mooting other measures like joint training of security personnel, utilisation of the services of NGOs and medical professional in the anti-drug fight, Amarinder Singh also called for effective sealing of and surveillance along the international and states borders to curb the movements of drug smugglers.Emphasising upon the need for a “National Policy on Drugs”, Amarinder Singh said there must be restrictions on farming drug-producing plants too in various states.Participating in the meet, Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar emphasised upon having fast- track courts to decide drug cases, while his Himachal counterpart Jai Ram Thakur suggested invoking the Prevention of Anti-Social Activities Act against the drug peddlers.Uttarakhand Chief Minister Rawat expressed concern over the women too increasingly taking to drugs.The Himachal Pradesh CM said the state was already working closely with Punjab Police to crack down on smuggling of drugs through joint operations.Chandigarh DGP sought harsher punishments for those selling drugs to children and suggested that such peddlers be booked under the Juvenile Act also, besides the NDPS Act.An additional commissioner of Delhi police, who participated in the meet, too stressed upon the need for data and information sharing among all the states on priority. PTI VSD RAXRAXlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Don’t think setting targets has ever been an issue, says Rayudu

first_imgBrief Scores: India (252-all out) beat New Zealand (217-all out) by 35 runs in Wellington. James Neesham 44; Yuzvendra Chahal (3/41) (SCORECARD)India batsman Ambati Rayudu said on Sunday that the second-ranked ODI team has never had an issue with setting targets in limited-overs cricket. India beat New Zealand by 35 runs and finished the five-match series on a high, winning it 4-1.After getting bowled out for their lowest-ever total (92) in New Zealand in the fourth ODI in Hamilton last week, India opted to bat first once again in the series finale in Wellington. The visitors were reeling at 18 for 4 after the top-order failed for the second successive time in the series.Unlike the Hamilton ODI, Ambati Rayudu, who picked up the Man of the Match award, put his hands up and struck a well-paced 90 and stitched a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket with Vijay Shankar and helped India out of trouble. A late cameo from Hardik Pandya 22-ball 45, which had five sixes and two boundaries helped India to 252.India then sealed the ODI with an all-round bowling effort, led by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked up 3/41 from his 10-over quota.”Don’t think setting totals has ever been an issue. That was a one-off game in Hamilton. Might face similar challenges in future. Great effort by our bowlers,” Rayudu said.With the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the side, India are always looked at as a side that loves chasing. Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma even insisted that India would have opted to chase if the series were on the line but the dead-rubber was an opportunity to test themselves.advertisement”If the series was alive, we would have chased. We wanted to test ourselves today. I couldn’t ask for more,” Rohit said.Rayudu finished the series as the top-scorer with 190 runs from five matches at 63.33.India will now be hoping to finish the tour of New Zealand on a high by sealing the three-match T20I series, which starts on February 6 in Wellington.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya hits hat-trick of sixes for 5th time in careerAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya’s calculated assault was magnificent, says GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Favourites tag won’t win India or England the crown, says Shakib

first_imgHosts England and team India have been touted as favorites to go the distance in the 2019 edition of the World Cup in England and Wales. But Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is keen to remind all that cricket is a game that is played on the field and not on paper.Speaking to IANS, Shakib said that while there is no doubt that Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli’s men are ruling world cricket at the moment in the 50-over format, the favorites tag alone doesn’t win any team the coveted title in the 50-over World Cup.”India and England are obviously favorites, but that doesn’t get you the crown. You need to do the hard yards to win a tournament like the World Cup. Australia has been doing well recently and West Indies have peaked at the right time. To be honest, all the teams look like they are ready for a fight. Depends who on that day does well,” he pointed.Personally, Shakib got the perfect boost going into the showpiece event as he overtook Afghanistan star Rashid Khan as the no.1 all-rounder in ODIs. But for the star Bangladesh player, he wants the trophy that ultimately decides who the boss is.”This time I think we have a genuine chance of winning the tournament, but keeping the format of the tournament in mind, we must look to play well consistently. If we can do that, we can definitely look at qualifying for the knockouts and take it forward from there. I am confident that we will do well this time.advertisement”Personally, obviously I wish that Bangladesh win the trophy this time. But a lot of factors need to click together for that dream to be realized. While I didn’t play much in the IPL, I had been working hard on my game and was looking to prepare for the World Cup. Gave it my all in the practice sessions and tried to maximize the output in every training session,” he explained.While Bangladesh has in the last few years made a name for themselves in the big league by putting in far more consistent performances than before, but Shakib is still a bit worried about the team’s bowling attack. The all-rounder though feels that the experience in the side will come to the rescue in crunch games.”I think we have a very good side, I am a little worried about the bowling, both new ball and the death. But I am very much optimistic that we can go the whole length. We have the experience, have guys who have played 3 or 4 World Cups. It is a good thing as we know what we need to do. Need to get the momentum early on. I am confident. Anyone can beat anyone on their day. Consistency is an important factor to go all the way,” he revealed.With the advent of the various T20 leagues, Bangladesh players are now getting an opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the best players in the world. In fact, they also have their own T20 league and Shakib feels this has helped in getting quality players to play for the country as talent can be identified better now thanks to so many platforms.”I feel playing in the T20 leagues around the world has really helped our boys in recent times as you gain in experience. Apart from building your own game, you also get to see other stars closely and try and learn from them as well. It has helped us become more competitive as a unit,” he smiled.Also Read | Made sure I trained well after IPL: Vijay Shankar before departing for World Cup 2019Also Read | Virat Kohli’s Team India reaches England for World Cup 2019Also Seelast_img read more

Raw talent Navdeep Saini can definitely build a name for himself: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia managed to scrape past West Indies by 4 wickets in the 1st T20I of the 3-match series in Lauderhill on Saturday. Set a total of 96 runs to chase from their 20 overs, India lost 6 wickets on their way to victory and West Indies were left ruing their batting mistakes as they realized that if they had put up a few more runs on the board, they could have had a realistic chance of a win.Indian captain Virat Kohli, during the post match presentation ceremony praised debutant Navdeep Saini who was adjudged the Man of the Match for a fiery spell of 3/17 including bowling a maiden-wicket 20th over of the West Indian innings.Kohli believes the young bowler “can build a name for himself.””The bowling and fielding was right up there. The pitch wasn’t great to be honest, but they couldn’t have done much with all the rain around and the covers being on for three odd days. They did a good job to get the game started. The bowlers were on top throughout. He (Saini) is from Delhi. He is a raw talent, has raw pace. He is one of them who can bowl 150 clicks and there are hardly any who bowl at that pace and he is fit. He is someone who can build a name for himself and he is hungry as well. Hopefully he builds on from here. We would have liked to chase this four down maximum, that’s how this pitch was. It was tough to get your shots away with the old ball. We just want to contribute as a team in the second game, said Kohli.advertisementIndia and West Indies will clash again on Sunday on the same ground in the 2nd T20I before shifting base to the Caribbean for the later part of the tour.Also Read | 1st T20I: India overcome batting collapse to beat West Indies after Navdeep Saini heroicsAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir blasts Bishen Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after Navdeep Saini’s dream India debutlast_img read more

4-Star OL Geirean Hatchett Outlines Timetable For College Decision

first_imgGeneral view of Husky Stadium.SEATTLE, WA – SEPTEMBER 30: An general view during the game between the Washington Huskies and the Stanford Cardinal on September 30, 2016 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 44-6. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)Four-star Washington guard Geirean Hatchett is one of the top offensive linemen in the class of 2020. He’s drawn national attention for his recruitment.247Sports has Hatchett, a four-star composite player, at No. 169 overall. He’s the fifth-ranked guard, and third-ranked player from the state of Washington.The Ferndale native has his home state Washington Huskies heavily involved in his recruitment. He doesn’t have a solid top five or top 10, but a number of other national recruiters also factor in.From 247Sports:Hatchett said he has a good idea of a few schools he’s going to consider throughout the recruiting process.“I’m pretty sure Washington will be on there, being the home school, Oklahoma too, I’ve been out there quite a few times, and Ohio State too,” said Hatchett.[…]“We had a lot of schools, Oklahoma, Stanford, Ohio State, Washington, UCLA, Notre Dame and Oregon State,” said Hatchett. “I’d say that Washington, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Stanford, they’re all recruiting me hard.”Geirean Hatchett says that he aims to make a decision before his senior season.He has a chance to take some official visits between April and June, though he’ll also be playing baseball.From there, a decision could come this summer, if all goes according to plan.“I’d like to have a decision before next season, so I can just focus on school and ball,” said Hatchett. “Ideally, I’d like to commit by summer or the end of summer time.”Five of the six recruiting analysts that have logged predictions have Hatchett staying home and playing at Washington. Oklahoma has the dissenting vote.[247Sports]last_img read more

Media Commended for Support in Fight Against Human Trafficking

first_imgPermanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Carol Palmer, has commended the media for its partnership in reporting on human trafficking and the ongoing efforts to tackle the crime.“I don’t know of anything else that the media houses have taken on with us in the fight (in this way),” she said.Mrs. Palmer, who is also the Chair of the National Task Force Against Trafficking in Persons (NATFATIP), was addressing a ceremony to hand over a bus to be used by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit, on June 1, at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices.She said media support is critical, as anti-trafficking efforts require a multifaceted approach and support from all levels.“This is not a fight for the Government, for the Task Force, or the police; this is a national fight, and we all have to play our part,” she said.Mrs. Palmer further reiterated the call for persons to be vigilant and to report all suspicious cases.“If you see something strange, you are not required to investigate or even to go to court; you are just required to say what you have seen. The team will do the rest,” she pointed out.last_img read more

Alangs Leela Yard Gets Social Accountability Certification

first_imgzoom Alang-based yard Leela Ship Recycling has become the first ship recycling facility in South Asia to receive the Social Accountability certification, as per SA8000 standards. “Being the first ship recycling yard in South Asia to obtain a Social Accountability certification, clearly demonstrates our hard work and dedication to improving worker Health and Safety standards at Leela, setting new benchmarks for excellence,” Komalkant Sharma, C.M.D of Leela Ship Recycling, said.SA8000 is a standard that aims to empower and protect all personnel within a company’s scope of control and influence, including those who produce products or provide services for that company.Leela’s receipt of the certification by the independent verifier IRClass, demonstrates that the Ship Recycling Facility conforms to the high standards required by the qualification, including ILO Conventions on reducing hours of work, abolition of forced labour, health and safety, remuneration, freedom of association, the right to organise collective bargaining and social security, among many others, according to the yard.Earlier this year, Leela received a Statement of Compliance with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships from Class NK.last_img read more

Managing extremes

first_imgClimate Change can be observed by the sheer unpredictability of rainfall that has taken Western and Southern India by surprise. Surpassing previous day-limits of rainfall, floodlike situations have arisen in many parts of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Telangana, Kerala, et al. Mass-scale evacuation processes have been carried out amidst casualty reports building a very dismal picture of the monsoon season which is something that agricultural India looks forward to every year. Some 6 weeks ago, under the scorching sun of June, dams were empty and the drought-like situation was soaring. Water tankers had to be dispersed by state governments to control the dry situation and make water available for water-stressed districts. Even the receding water level in dams was alarming and raised caution. But in a matter of a few weeks all that has reversed and that too drastically. Now, those very districts in these states which were suffering from drought-like situations are facing imminent floods, if not already flooded. Disaster relief teams are dispatched to help locals as the rivers are overflowing and dams have reached their maximum limit. Opening dams will cause more floods and the situation is haywire, to say the least. In this extreme weather situation, there is a rising need to understand the impact of Climate Change. Unpredictability is the biggest foe here and, in essence, fighting something like that is not an easy task. Maharashtra government has taken cognisance of this development and sought a team of experts (task force), both global and local, to study the impact of Climate Change on Mumbai. As per the government’s discretion, the task force will study steps taken against flooding and unplanned reclamation in cities such as Venice, Geneva and London, and coordinate with EU’s European Climate Change Programme to prepare a blueprint of what needs to be done back home. Not just this but the need to participate in international dialogues on Climate Change is also one of the pressing needs at this hour for the impact of Climate Change is visible and scary. Research has to be necessarily conducted around patterns of Climate Change and measurement of extreme climatic actions have to be taken note of. Having conferences with countries already a step ahead in handling Climate Change impact will be highly beneficial as the same would kickstart our project to develop requisite action plans. The sheer destruction caused by sudden and monumental rainfall is something to be worried about and the same worry is going to urge us to look for solutions before this adversity returns in the next monsoon. The excess water for one could be stored or used to recharge groundwater but lack of planning and infrastructure is what is making that floodwater useless and destructive. Not just Mumbai, the proposal to set up a task force to study Climate Change patterns is required throughout the states which have been on the receiving end of this unprecedented rainfall and flood situation. It is imperative that this constitution of such a task force is done on a larger scale to bring in results and recommendations which could be utilised in making policies. Inter-state agreement or Centre’s intervention is necessary here to facilitate the remedial measures as well as precautionary but above all is the need to bring n requisite infrastructure to sustain these drastic conditions.last_img read more

Kolkata Police uses mankading fiasco to spread message of road safety

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has used the recent ‘mankad’ episode in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) to deliver the message of road safety awareness through their Facebook page.Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin had ‘mankaded’ Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday, which has been evoking divided opinions among the cricket fraternity on social media. The “mankading” dismissal followed a batting collapse as the Rajasthan team collapsed from 108 for 1 to 170 all out and lost the match by 14 runs. It may be mentioned that Buttler was in a destructive mood during the match and had contributed 69 runs off 43 balls before being dismissed. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaKolkata Police has clubbed the picture of Buttler’s dismissal along with a photo which showed a car crossing the stop line on the road, with a statement which reads: “Whether crease or road, you will regret if you cross the line (crease a hok ba rastay, aage perole postay).” “Social media has always been an effective tool for us in creating awareness about road safety and security as the young generation is very active on the social networking sites. These creative ideas have a good impact on them as comments and shares have been flooding our Facebook page,” a senior official of KP’s Traffic department said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThis is, however, not the first time when KP has used action from the cricket field to strengthen their campaign of traffic safety. When Cheteshwar Pujara scored a ton at Adelaide against Australia in December 2018, KP had used his century celebration picture and clubbed it with a picture of a person wearing seat belt while driving his car. The picture had “Defense should be like Pujara,” written on it. The Jaipur Police had used the image of Jasprit Bumrah bowling a no-ball to Fakhar Zaman on a billboard as a means of traffic awareness in 2017. The caption of the picture read: “Don’t cross the line. You know it can be costly.” This, however, didn’t go down well with Bumrah, who had criticised Jaipur Police for the same.last_img read more

Lawyers for disqualified pot shop applicants say process was unfair

TORONTO — A legal battle over Ontario’s licensing system for retail cannabis stores focused Wednesday on the steps taken by the province to contact a number of applicants who were later disqualified for failing to file documents by a certain date.The group of 11 applicants is challenging the rejection and disputing the fairness of the procedures involved in the lottery that has been used to grant all of Ontario’s pot shop licences.At a hearing in Toronto, the group’s lawyers argued Wednesday that under the rules set out by the provincial agency overseeing the process, those who win the chance to apply must submit certain documents within five business days once they are notified of their selection.They said an email alerting their clients of the lottery’s outcome and the application timeline did not go through, and as such, the deadline should have been recalculated based on when the message was actually delivered.The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario “just determined that the attempt-to-notify was sufficient” to trigger the countdown, which is unfair and unreasonable, attorney Michael Lacy told a three-judge panel.As a result, he argued, the commission was not entitled to disqualify the 11 applicants or to select a new slate of applicants to replace them. The group should be allowed to complete the application process and the others returned to the wait list, he said.Lawyers representing the commission, however, said the eliminated applicants were to blame for the email bouncing back since they provided the address and chose that method of communication.What’s more, Judie Im argued, the commission then followed up with telephone calls, posted the list of lottery winners online and eventually sent letters by courier. Many of the calls failed to reach the applicants and three never picked up the packages, she said.When they did receive a letter notifying them of their selection, the applicants should have seen that it was dated Aug. 21 and laid out a deadline of Aug. 28, she added.“The fault… lies with them and not the registrar,” Im said, noting none of the applicants sought to clarify the deadline or obtain an extension.Even if the commission is found to have erred in disqualifying the group, the newly chosen applicants should not be penalized for that mistake, said lawyer Robin Linley, who represents some of them.Linley said his clients have already taken steps to meet the application criteria.The dispute largely revolves over what it means to be notified, and whether delivery or receipt of the message is required, Ontario Superior Court Justice David Corbett said.Earlier this month, Corbett paused the licensing process for the latest round of cannabis stores until the case is resolved. The panel is set to present its decision on Monday.Lawyers representing the commission had contested the stay, saying it would interfere with the integrity of the lottery system. There was also opposition from lawyers representing the applicants selected to replace those eliminated.So far, there have been two rounds of the government lottery to determine who can apply to open cannabis stores. The first involved 25 spots and the second 42.Lottery winners have five business days to turn in their application, along with a $6,000 non-refundable fee and a $50,000 letter of credit.The legal challenge may affect the government’s timeline to increase the number of legal pot shops in the province.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2019.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press read more

Monster Pitch finalist HeroHub

This is the fourth in a series of four stories featuring the finalists of Monster Pitch, the annual student business competition hosted by the Goodman School of Business student club Brock Innovation Group. This year’s competition will be held at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Monday, Jan. 8.Two Brock students have created a company with the goal of making a meaningful impact in the community.Chipewyan “Chip” McCrimmon, a fifth-year Political Science student with a minor in Business, and Marina Radovanovic, a fourth-year Business Communications student, came together to form HeroHub, a social enterprise designed to help make charitable efforts easier for individuals and non-profit organizations.After discovering they had a mutual passion for community involvement, the pair decided to find a cause to volunteer with together. After struggling to find information online about charity events, volunteer opportunities and in-kind donations, they realized they could make an even bigger impact by solving this problem.Armed with market research, the students have been working on their business for a year with support from BioLinc. McCrimmon was part of BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program two years ago, which taught him about what it takes to start a business and helped him build his network.McCrimmon and Radovanovic are building a website and mobile application that will house an event calendar, opportunity board and donation tool. The central hub will help community members find a suitable charity where they can donate items or time, and to help non-profit organizations promote their events as well as volunteer and job postings.“Our goal is that whether you have a vehicle or furniture to donate, or you have some extra time that you want to spend helping a charity, you will be able to go to HeroHub and find out how and where to do that,” said McCrimmon.While they are starting with the Niagara community, they have dreams of scaling their venture up to make a global impact.“Although it sounds like a cliché, we really do want to change the world,” said McCrimmon. “We want to make a big impact on our community and by helping others get involved and by helping non-profits be more efficient and find people for their opportunities, we can make a big change.”Competing at Monster Pitch will be a dream come true for McCrimmon, who has attended the competition for the past three years.“I remember sitting at the back of the crowd at Monster Pitch and being so impressed with everybody and thinking that I could never be on that stage,” he said. “I let my fear control me. I’ve made a lot of changes in my life and now my motto is to be comfortable being uncomfortable. Even two years ago, I never would have applied to Monster Pitch because I was afraid of talking in front of everybody, but I’ve had a lot of encouragement since then and have learned that you can’t be afraid of failure because it’s a huge part of success.”Monster Pitch will see four short-listed student entrepreneur groups pitch their business ideas before a panel of judges for a chance to win a funding and startup services package worth $14,000.The sold-out event is hosted by the Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and BioLinc and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.The judging panel includes David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber series, and returning judges Bruce Croxon, co-host of BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13, Deborah Rosati, corporate director and co-founder of Women Get On Board, and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners. read more

Cop Who Tackled Tennis Star James Blake Testifies That

Tennis player James Blake arrives at City Hall in New York.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The police officer who tackled retired tennis player James Blake in a mistaken arrest outside a Manhattan hotel testified Tuesday that he and his family have been getting death threats since the 2015 incident.Officer James Frascatore was part of an undercover operation targeting credit card fraud and mistakenly thought Blake was one of the suspects. A security video captured Frascatore tackling and handcuffing Blake, who was let go after officers realized their mistake. The mayor and the former police commissioner publicly apologized to the ex-tennis star.In his second departmental trial connected in the incident, Frascatore said he was just following orders to arrest a man who looked like Blake. He said his career had been destroyed and described the upheaval it brought to his life and family.“The best way to describe it is hell,” he said. “I had death threats coming in to my children, my wife, myself. We had to move numerous times.”Frascatore also accused Blake of creating a “false narrative about an out-of-control cop.”“He’s part black and I’m white and it turned into a racial issue,” he said.Blake’s mother is white, and his father is black. Blake has said he thought the incident was mostly about excessive force, but also about how communities of color are generally treated.In closing remarks Tuesday, prosecutor Javier Seymour said Frascatore broke department rules.At Frascatore’s first departmental trial, police watchdog lawyers said he should lose 10 vacation days as punishment for excessive force, but the police commissioner overruled that recommendation and docked him five vacations days. Blake said the punishment was too light.The second trial was initiated by allegations that Frascatore participated in the investigation and leaked a longer videotape of the incident to the media.Frascatore denied telling anyone to leak the longer tape, saying his sister-in-law gave it out in an attempt to stop the death threats. He said he was “disgusted” the NYPD didn’t release the extended video which showed him shaking hands with Blake and apologizing after the false arrest.“It was very upsetting considering only part of it had been released,” he said.Frascatore’s lawyer, Peter Brill, said the NYPD overreacted to the incident.“The department reacts by placing too much blame. He was simply doing his job.” read more

Podricks Song Is Connected to a Major Game of Thrones Prophecy

first_img ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on target Game of Thrones is known for its music moments, and Season 8, Episode 2 featured Podrick Payne, Brienne of Tarth’s squire, singing a beautiful ballad that is linked to George R.R. Martin’s books and one of the show’s most mysterious prophecies.[Editor’s note: This post contains many plot points from Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2 and if you haven’t caught up on the series, you should stop reading this right now.]Following Jaime Lannister and Brienne of Tarth’s emotional knighting scene, Podrick Payne showed off his tenor voice and awed audiences with a song that nodded to some of the heroes enjoying their last night on Earth. Book readers watching the show also recognized that this ballad is “Jenny’s Song,” one of the songs from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire that hasn’t been performed on the series yet, Vanity Fair reported.In the books, readers have only seen one line in the song, “High in the halls of the kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts.” Podrick Payne’s version contains lyrics that they’ve never heard, and the song was performed by Florence + the Machine for the episode’s closing credits.Here are the full “Jenny’s Song” lyrics that Podrick Payne sings:High in the halls of the kings who are goneJenny would dance with her ghosts.The ones she had lost and the ones she had foundAnd the ones who had loved her the most.The ones who’d been gone for so very longShe couldn’t remember their namesThey spun her around on the damp cold stoneSpun away all her sorrow and painAnd she never wanted to leaveNever wanted to leave.Never wanted to leave.Never wanted to leave.Never wanted to leave.Never wanted to leave.“Jenny’s Song” isn’t only a pre-battle ballad: It might be tied to one of Game of Thrones’ most unresolved prophecies, which involves Jon Snow and his true Targaryen heritage, Polygon noted. In George R.R. Martin’s A Storm of Swords, the Ghost of High Heart requests that Arya Stark sing her “my Jenny’s song,” which causes the old woman to weep.Here’s where it gets tricky: Jenny of Oldstones, a reported descendent of the First Men married Duncan Targaryen. After some trouble, Jenny of Oldstones was accepted into court following her marriage with Duncan Targaryen, and she brought a woman she was friends with, who was also known as a woods witch that might have been one of the Children of the Forest or a dwarf.Unfortunately, Duncan Targaryen, and most likely Jenny of Oldstones perished in the Tragedy of Summerhall, an accident that might have been caused by introducing dragons back to the Seven Kingdoms. Even though many people died, it is believed that the woods witch might have survived the fire and she might be the same old woman who asks Arya Stark to sing her “my Jenny’s song.” This same woods witch reportedly prophesied that The Prince Who Was Promised would hail from the line of Prince Aerys and Princess Rhaella, also known as Jon Snow’s grandparents. “Jenny’s Song” could be a reference to the Prince Who Was Promised prophecy and who the saviors of Westeros might be.Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 3 airs on HBO on Sunday, April 27.More on‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2 Recap: Drink With Me to Days Gone ByFirst Look: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2 Photos‘Game of Thrones’ Writer: It Was ‘Tough’ to Reveal Jon Snow’s True Heritagelast_img read more

Reports of Continued Distribution to US Military Were Premature

first_imgPublishers are instructed to hold all product directed to U.S. military and to await further developments. I don’t have a complete new post today, just an update—but it’s an important one.My last post reported that PMG, distributor to the U.S. military and other locations overseas, had closed its doors for its military, South American, and Hawaii business. The important U.S. military portion of the business was said to be taken over by TNG (formerly The News Group).Today we hear that the agreement with TNG has not, in fact, materialized. As of this morning it appears that there is no finalized agreement to ship magazines to the U.S. military overseas, not with TNG, not with anyone.last_img read more

ASD asks state legislators for new education funding formula

first_imgThe Anchorage School District made their case for increasing state education funding to legislators during a luncheon Thursday. With the current funding formula, the district projects they will cut 720 jobs over the next three years. Class sizes will increase to about 10 more students per class than evidence-based research recommends.School board president Eric Croft says the Base Student Allocation funding formula needs to change.“I’ve had legislators say, ‘Why do we have to have this same debate every year? Why is there another $22 million dollar deficit in the Anchorage School District’s budget?’ We just responded, without inflation-proofing of the formula, that discussion is going to happen every year,” Croft told the crowd, which included state and municipal lawmakers.Currently inflation in Anchorage is at 3 percent.Croft also wants the legislature to consider using the cost-of-living in the Mat-Su Valley as the base for the school funding formula, not Anchorage. Preliminary ASD studies show that the cost of living is lower in the Mat-Su Valley than in Anchorage, mostly because of the price of housing. If the Valley is used as the base, the formula would be adjusted to account for higher costs in Anchorage and increase the funding for the city’s schools. ASD is asking for a more formal cost-of-living study from the legislature.Anchorage Rep. Andy Josephson, a Democrat, agrees that school funding must be a priority over other projects. He explains that HB 278 requires the legislature to hire a consultant to look at the base funding formula, but he’s not sure it will help the district’s problems.“I think the net result is going to be, it doesn’t change the number of brick and mortar buildings you need, the number of personnel you need, so I question whether we’re going to achieve a whole lot doing that.”Rep. Harriet Drummond, a Democrat from Anchorage, says she and the other Democrats plan to look at education funding first this session.“Education is my first priority. I think we fund education first, early in the session, then everything else follows.”Drummond says she echos the district’s concerns about how the cost of housing is impacting how the district can attract and retain employeesASD also wants the legislature to consider the trickle down effect of losing 720 jobs in the community.last_img read more

Truck overturns in Gopalganj 3 killed

first_imgRoad Accident logoThree labourers were killed and 10 others injured as a truck overturned on Dhaka-Khulna highway in Gopalganj’s Pathalia area in Sadar upazila on Monday morning, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.The accident took place when the driver lost control over the steering, leaving two people dead on the spot and 11 others injured, said Golam Faruk, officer-in-charge of Gopalganj sadar police station.Among the injured, one died on the way to hospital.last_img read more

Pompeo calls on Imran Khan to act against terrorists

first_imgMike Pompeo, Imran KhanUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pressed new Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan in a phone call to take “decisive action” against “terrorists” operating in Pakistan, the State Department said Thursday.Pompeo wished Khan success in the wake of his being sworn in as prime minister in Islamabad Saturday after a victory in national elections on 25 July, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.”Secretary Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship,” Nauert said in a statement.He also “raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.”Washington has pressured Pakistan for years to crack down on the branches of the Taliban and the notorious Haqqani network operating the country, both of which have been designated as terror groups by the United States.Ties with the US cooled in January when president Donald Trump accused Pakistan of “lies” and “duplicity” in the war on terror, suspending military assistance worth hundreds of millions of dollars.Khan has raised concerns that he will remain tolerant of the groups, willing to hold talks with the militants and having sought support in the election from religious hardliners.Before the election he repeatedly blamed Pakistan’s participation in the US-led anti-terror campaign for the surge in terrorism on home soil over the last decade.last_img read more

Rohingya repatriation anytime

first_imgBangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since 25 August, 2017 amid military-led crackdown in Rakhine state of Myanmar. UNB File PhotoForeign secretary M Shahidul Haque on Sunday said the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State will begin anytime mentioning that the issue is very much on the table, reports UNB. “It (repatriation) can start anytime. It’s a continuous process,” Haque said without giving any specific date when he was asked whether the repatriation of Rohingyas will begin on 22 August. The Red and Green Research, an initiative of journalists, organised the discussion titled ‘Rohingya Crisis: Way Forward’ at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since 25 August, 2017 amid military-led crackdown in Rakhine. The foreign secretary said the repatriation has always been one of the priority issues for Bangladesh as it is looking for a peaceful solution to the crisis. BIISS chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and former chairman of National Human Rights Commission Mizanur Rahman also spoke at the discussion. Red and Green Research director Shahidul Islam Chowdhury presented the keynote paper.last_img read more